Professor Chantal Davies

Professor of Law, Equality and Diversity/Director Forum for Research into Equality and Diversity

After graduating with a Law degree from Oxford University, Chantal qualified as a solicitor with Eversheds in Cardiff specialising in Employment, Human Rights and Discrimination Law.  She then moved on to practice as a Senior Solicitor in Davies Wallis Foyster in Manchester before heading up a unit within the Equal Opportunities Commission (now merged into the Equality and Human Rights Commission) focussing on the wider strategic enforcement of the equality legislation. Chantal is the founder and Director of the Forum for Research into Equality and Diversity which is hosted by the Law School.

Qualifications

MA Jurisprudence, Brasenose College, Oxford University, 1995

LPC (Commendation), College of Law, Christleton, 1996

Qualified Solicitor, 1998 - to date

PGCE, University of Chester, 2006

Masters in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Chester, 2012

PhD, University of Chester, 2014

Overview

In 1998, she moved to work as a solicitor for the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) in Machester heading up a unit tackling strategic and wider enforcement of the gender equality leglislation.  Whilst working as a solicitor for the EOC, apart from undertaking a number of major legal test cases, including to the Court of Appeal and the European Court of Justice, she was also invited to give several keynote lectures to leading national organisations.

She has appeared on Legal Network television discussing the legal implications of the Part Time Workers regulations and on Einstein Network legal videos.  She worked with the IPPR think tank on the possibility of setting up a Fair Employment Commission and was a member of the Euroneb Working Group on strategic enforcement.  She has published a number of articles for various publications including the Equal Opportunities Review and has been involved in several projects investigating issues of gender equality.  Chantal has been a qualified solicitor for 17 years and her practice has specifically focussed on areas of equality law and human rights.

Chantal is now Professor of Law, Equality and Diversity in Human Rights Law and Discrimination Law in the School of Law at the University of Chester.  She is also a member of the University of Chester Diversity and Equality Committee, a diversity Advocate and Disability Link Tutor demonstrating her continuing commitment and experience of equality issues in the HE context. Chantal manages research strategy within the Law School and is a member of the Faculty Research Group. She is Departmental Postgraduate Tutor and currently supervises three PhD students in the area of equality and diversity.

Chantal has  completed a 12 month funded project considering the experiences of Black, Minority and Ethnic undergraduate students within the University of Chester.    Chantal is currently undertaking research following up on some of the key findings of the BME experience project in relation to the perceptions of BME students within Higher Education towards employability as well as looking at the implications of the positive action provisions of the Equality Act 2010.

In 2013, Chantal set up and is now the Director of the Forum for Research into Equality and Diversity. This Forum is an inter-disciplinary research and knowledge transfer platform which is fast developing a national reputation. On the 22nd June 2015, the Forum (in collaboration with the Law School, University of Chester and the University of Liverpool) hosted a one-day conference titled 'The Equality Act 2010: five-years on' with keynote presentations from Professor Sir Bob Hepple QC and Colm O'Cinneide. For further information about the work of the Forum see the Forum's website at www.chester.ac.uk/FRED.

Chantal sits on the Board of the Equality Challenge Unit and has also sat on the Subject Benchmark Statement for Law Review Group in 2015-16. She is also a Visiting Professor with the University of Northampton and sits as an external examiner with the University of the West of England.

She has recently completed a funded project on gendered obstacles to research progression in the Higher Education. She has recently commenced a funded project in collaboration with the Young Women's Trust and continues to work with organisations and sector bodies (including the police) so support the development of robust positive action measures.

Teaching

Chantal is Professor of Law, Equality and Diversity in the University of Chester Law School. Chantal is module leader for Human Rights at Levels 5 and 6 and for Discrimination Law at Level 6. She is also module leader for the Discrimination and Employment Law Module on the LLM and currently supervises several PhD students in the area of diversity, equality and human rights.

Research

Chantal's research interests include; Diversity and Equality, Human Rights and Employment.

Current research projects include collaboration focussing on:

Perceptions of employability of BME students studying for a law degree;

The use of the positive action provisions of the Equality Act 2010 by organisations in England, Scotland and Wales;

Representations of diversity and law in film;

Gendered obstacles to research activity in Higher Eduction;

The use of positive action in apprenticeships in sectors in which women are underrepresented.

Published work

Selected conference papers, keynotes and publications

 

Davies, C. (2000). Keynote presentation on the Part Time Workers Regulations and the implications for employers. Paper presented at the CBI Relocation Council conference, Liverpool, United Kingdom.

 

Davies, C. (2000). Keynote presentation on the Data Protection Act 1998 and the implications for employers. Paper presented at the Davies, Wallis, Foyster conference, Haydock, United Kingdom.

 

Davies, C. (2004). Keynote presentation on the Law in relation to gender equality and its relevance to architects. Paper presented to the Royal Institute of British Architects, London, United Kingdom.

 

Davies, C. (2014). I am not making this up: cats, crooks and myths about the law. Paper presented at the Chester Literature Festival, Chester, United Kingdom.

 

Davies, C. (2015). Inspiring Equality. Paper presented at the Inspirational Women’s Conference, Chester, United Kingdom.

 

Davies, C & Healey, R. (2016). Melting the Iceberg: gender equality in Higher Education. Paper presented to the Women’s Network, Chester, United Kingdom.

 

Davies, C , Healey, R.  & Cliffe, A. (2016). Gender and research activity in higher education. Paper presented at the Women in HE Conference, Chester, United Kingdom.

 

Davies, C. (2016). A brief introduction to human rights in the UK. Paper presented to U3A, Chester, United Kingdom

 

Davies, C. (2016). Positive action and the legal framework. Paper and workshop presented to Scottish HEIs as part of the Equality Challenge Unit positive action scheme, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

 

Davies, C. (2016). Keynote presentation on the implications of the Human Rights Act 1998 to HEI’s in the UK. Equality Challenge Unit Annual Conference 2016. Nottingham, United Kingdom.

 

Davies, C. (2016). Workshop on a robust approach to positive action for HEI’s in the UK. Equality Challenge Unit Annual Conference 2016. Nottingham, United Kingdom.

 

Davies, C. (2017). Implications of the Human Rights Act 1998 to organisations and HEI’s. University of Chester Equality and Diversity Festival 2017. Chester, United Kingdom.

 

Davies, C (2017). Bridging the gap: positive action and the legal framework. Inaugral lecture. University of Northampton. Northampton. United Kingdom.


Conference papers:

 

Davies, C. (2007, July). Flexible Family Friendly Working: Myth or Reality? Paper presented at the International Society of Family Law Conference, University of Chester, United Kingdom.

 

Davies, C. (2008, July). Flexible Family Friendly Working: Ascertaining the most appropriate tool for the job. Paper presented at the Gender, Family Responsibility and Legal Change Conference, University of Sussex, United Kingdom.

 

Davies, C., & Garrett, M. (2011, February). The BME student experience: a literature review. Paper presented at the Chester Discrimination Law Conference, University of Chester, United Kingdom.

 

Davies, C., & Garrett, M. (2011, May). The BME student experience: interim findings. Paper presented at the Learning and Teaching Institute Seminar Series: Research project workshops, University of Chester, United Kingdom.  

 

Davies, C., & Garrett, M. (2011, May). The BME student experience: interim findings.  Paper presented at the Faculty of Social Science: Research Seminar Series 2010-2011, University of Chester, United Kingdom.  

 

Davies, C., & Garrett, M. (2011, September). The BME student experience at a small northern university. Paper presented at the University of Chester Staff Conference, University of Chester, United Kingdom.

 

Davies, C., & Garrett, M. (2011, July). The BME student experience at a small northern university. Paper presented at Promoting Inclusive Change: addressing equity and success for BME students in higher education, University of Greenwich, United Kingdom.

 

Davies, C., & Chappell, C. (2011, December). The BME student experience: findings of a small northern university. Paper presented at the Society for Research into Higher Education Annual Research Conference 2011, Newport, United Kingdom.

 

Davies, C., & Chappell, C. (2012, February). Exploring the experience of Black Minority and Ethnic students in higher education. Paper presented at the Chester University Law School Research Symposium 2012, University of Chester, United Kingdom.

 

Davies, C. (2012, February). Internationalization and implications for practice. Paper presented at the University of Chester, United Kingdom.

 

Davies, C. (2012, April). The BME student experience at a small northern university. Paper presented at the Open University Widening Participation Conference 2012, Northampton, United Kingdom.

 

Davies, C. (2012, December). The maze of classification based on ethnicity: is there a solution? Paper presented at the Society for Research into Higher Education Annual Research Conference 2012, Newport, United Kingdom.

 

Davies, C. & Morrow, J. (2013, April). The academic assessment of students with SpLD’s studying for an undergraduate law degree. Paper presented at the Association of Law Teachers annual conference 2013, Northampton, United Kingdom.

 

Davies, C. & Morrow, J. (2013, December). An initial analysis of academic assessment of undergraduate law students with SpLDs. Paper presented at the Society for Research into Higher Education Annual Research Conference 2013, Newport, United Kingdom.

 

Davies, C (2014, May). Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Communities and Equality Law. Paper presented at the GRT: The Human Dimension event 2014, Chester, United Kingdom.

 

Davies, C (2014, June). Discrimination Law Update. Paper presented at the Discrimination Law Update event 2014, Chester, United Kingdom.

 

Davies, C. & Steel, W. (2014, September. An examination of the perceptions of undergraduate law students in relation to the depiction and representation of female lawyers in the media and film.  Visualising Law and Gender Conference 2014, Centre for Law and Culture Conference, St Mary’s University Twickenham, London, United Kingdom.

 

Davies, C & Morrow, J. (2014, September). Examination of UG law students with SpLD’s and their experience of assessment and reasonable adjustment during their law degree. Paper presented at the Approaches to Inequalities: Perspectives from Higher Education Conference 2014, University of Northampton, United Kingdom.

 

Davies, C & Steel, W. (2014, September). An examination of the perceptions of UG law students in relation to the depiction and representation of female lawyers in the media and film. Paper presented at the Approaches to Inequalities: Perspectives from Higher Education Conference 2014, University of Northampton, United Kingdom.

 

Davies, C. (2014, December). Defining the Future: an exploration of perceptions of employability of undergraduate minority ethnic student. Paper presented at the Society for Research into Higher Education Annual Research Conference 2014, Newport, United Kingdom.

 

Steel, W. & Davies, C. (2015, January). Student perceptions of media representation of female lawyers: An examination of the perceptions of undergraduate law students in relation to the depiction and representation of female lawyers in the media and film. Paper presented at the HETL – SoTL Annual Conference 2015, Utah, United States.

 

Davies, C. (2015, March). Racing through the maze of categorisation: an exploration of concerns around categorisation when researching the minority ethnic student experience within higher education. Paper presented at the 21st Century Academic Forum Conference at Harvard 2015, Harvard, United States.

 

Davies, C. & Robison, M. (2015, June). Bridging the gap – an exploration of the use of positive action. Paper presented at the Equality Act 2010: 5 years on Conference at University of Chester, Chester, UK.

 

Davies, C., Healey. R. & Cliffe, A. (2015, December). Scaling the mountain: an exploration of gendered experience of academic staff in relation to the Research Excellence Framework 2014. Paper presented at the Society for Research into Higher Education Annual Research Conference 2015, Newport, United Kingdom.

 

Davies, C. & Robison, M. (2016, January). Crossing the rubicon: an exploration of the use of positive action provisions in Higher Education Institutions in the UK. Paper presented at 2016 International Education Conference, Orlando, United States. (peer reviewed winner of Best Paper in Session).

 

Davies, C. (2016, March). Gender and research activity in HE. Institute of Gender Studies Launch Conference, University of Chester, Chester, United Kingdom.

 

Davies, C., Healey, R. & Cliffe, A. (2016, June). Scaling the Mountain: an exploration of gendered experience of academic staff in relation to the Research Excellence Framework 2014. Paper presented at the Higher Education Conference, Amsterdam.

 

Davies, C. & Healey, R. (2017, March). Developing your research career. Workshop and paper presented at the University of Chester Equality and Diversity Festival, Chester, UK

 

 

Eversheds. (1997). Guide to Contracts of Employment. Croner, London.

 

Davies, C. (2003). Breastfeeding: A Woman’s Right? Equal Opportunities Review, 117, 19-21.

 

Author. (2003). The Equal Opportunities Commission Enforcement Toolkit. Equal Opportunities Commission, Manchester/London.

 

Author. (2003). Commission Information Paper on the Married Women’s National Insurance Reduced Contribution. Equal Opportunities Commission, Manchester/London.

 

Author. (2003). Agreement Between Royal Mail Group PLC and the Equal Opportunities Commission. Equal Opportunities Commission, Manchester/London.

 

Author. (2004). Equal Opportunities Commission Review of Adherence to the Terms of the Formal Agreement. Equal Opportunities Commission, Manchester/London.

 

Author. (2004). Framework Agreement between the Communication Worker’s Union and the Equal Opportunities Commission. Equal Opportunities Commission, Manchester/London.

 

Davies, C. (2005). Developments in the Law on Sexual Orientation. Equal Opportunities Review, 145, 7-12.

 

Davies, C. (2008). Family Friendly Working: The Role of the Sex Discrimination Act. Equal Opportunities Review, 181, 17-18.

 

Davies, C., & Garrett, M. (2011). The BME student experience at a small northern university. (Report to the Learning and Teaching Institute, University of Chester). University of Chester, United Kingdom.

 

Davies, C., & Garrett, M. (2012). The BME student experience at a small northern university: an examination of the experiences of minority ethnic students undertaking undergraduate study within a small northern university. Compass: The Journal of Learning and Teaching at the University of Greenwich, 5, 57-66.

 

Davies, C., Healey, R., & Hand, D. (2015). A critical examination of the right to healthcare and restrictions on access to state-funded HIV/AIDS treatment for irregular migrants in ‘Justiciability of Human Rights Law in Domestic Jurisdictions’, Springer International. 

 

Davies, C. (2015). Positive Action under the Equality Act 2010 and the implications of the Public Sector Equality Duty for positive action in the UK. Green’s Employment Law Bulletin, Tolley.

 

Davies, C., & Robison, M. (2015). Shifting the starting blocks: an exploration of the impact of positive action in the UK. In ‘Beyond 2015 shaping the future of equality human rights and social justice’, EDF.

 

Davies, C., & Robison, M. (2016). Bridging the gap: an exploration of the use and impact of positive action in the UK. International Journal of Discrimination and the Law. 16(2-3), 83-101.

 

Davies, C., Ferreira, N., Morris, D., & Morris, A. (2016). The Equality Act 2010: Five years on. 16(2-3), 63-65.

 

Davies, C. (2015). Section 3 Human Rights Act 1998 and convention compliant interpretation. Westlaw Insight. Thomson Reuters: London.

 

Davies, C., Healey, R. & Cliffe, A. (2016). Gendered experiences of academic staff in relation to research activity and the REF2014. (Report for the Research and Knowledge Transfer Office, University of Chester). University of Chester, United Kingdom.


Davies, C., Healey, R., Manfredi, S. & Vickers, L. (2016). Gendered perspectives of research activity Symposium Report 2016. University of Chester, United Kingdom.